Introduction to Japanese stab binding notebooks


Meet the Maker

Stab bound books is the passion of Caroline Aldersey.

"I started making handbound books as a hobby after some local tuition. I soon 

found I had a flair for Japanese Stab Binding and I have concentrated on this type of binding over the past two years"

"I now have a range of handcrafted A5 hardback notebooks many of which combine Cockerell Marbled Paper with the Japanese Stab Binding method."

"Each handbound notebook contains 30 sheets of plain white paper (120gm), a coloured book cloth and matching thread.

"I am fortunate to have access to the remaining Cockerell Marbled Papers".

Cockerell Marbled Papers  were produced for more than 100 years before the studio finally closed in 2012. 

Japanese Stab Binding

The beauty of the Stab Binding method is that the rear of the notebook is a mirror image of the front.

Follow the link to see the binding process

Cockerell Marbled Paper

The marbled papers used in the creation of many of my notebooks, were produced by the World Famous Cockerell Marbled Paper company based in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.

Below is a link to a short film describing the process.